Wassaf

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Wassaf or Vassaf (Persian: عبدالله ابن فضل‌الله شرف‌الدین شیرازی‎) Abdallah ibn Faḍlallah Sharaf al-Din Shīrāzī (fl. 1299-1323) was a 14th-century Persian historian of the Ilkhanate. Waṣṣāf, sometimes lengthened to Waṣṣāf al-Ḥaḍrat or Vassaf-e Hazrat (Persian: وصّافِ حضرت‎), is a title meaning "Court Panegyrist".[1]

A native of Shiraz, Wassaf was a tax administrator in Fars during the reigns of Ghazan Mahmud and Öljaitü.[2]

He is the author of the historical work Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf, also known as Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-a'ṣār (The allocation of cities and the propulsion of epochs).

Tarik-i Wassaf[edit]

His history, Tajziyat al-amṣār wa-tazjiyat al-a'ṣār (The allocation of cities and the propulsion of epochs)[3] also called Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf,[4] was conceived as a continuation of Juwayni's Tārīkḣ-i Jahāngushāy[5][6] whose account of the rise of the Mongol Empire ended in 1257.

Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf consisted of an introduction and five volumes.[5] The first volume (first part) only was edited and translated by Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, published 1855.[5][7]

Wassaf's florid style of prose is not easily followed by modern readers, and an abridged version entitled the Taḥrīr-i Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf (1346/1967) has been edited by ʿAbd al-Muḥammad Āyatī.[7]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Blair, Sheila S. (1986). "The Mongol Capital of Sulṭāniyya, "The Imperial"". Iran. 24: 139. JSTOR 4299771
  2. ^ A.K.S. Lambton, "Mongol Fiscal Administration in Persia" Studia Islamica, no. 64 (1987): p. 80.
  3. ^ Feldherr, Andrew et al., (2012), The Oxford History of Historical Writing: Volume 2: 400-1400, p. 269
  4. ^ Āyatī (2013), p. 149.
  5. ^ a b c Āyatī (2013), p. 150.
  6. ^ Jackson, Peter (2003). The Delhi Sultanate: A Political and Military History. Cambridge University Press. p. 49. ISBN 0521543290.
  7. ^ a b Blair (1986), p. 148 (note 5 to p. 139).
Bibliography
  • Āyatī, ʿAbd al-Muḥammad (2013), "30. Tārīkḣ-i Waṣṣāf", Historical Sources of the Islamic World: Selected Entries from Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam, EWI Press, pp. 149–152
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